MLB Draft Open Thread: Rounds one and two, 6/12/17

Jeren Kendall

Jeren Kendall

When June rolls around, depending on how your team is doing, the MLB First-Year Player Draft can be one of the more exciting moments of the season as teams reload their farm systems with the best high school and collegiate players available. The Charleston RiverDogs are the Yankees' affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League and a likely destination for Schmidt at some point in 2018 or 2019.

25 overall draft prospect by Baseball America, the SC right-hander landed right where draft experts expected him to go before the injury that many believed would damage his draft stock. Also in the Yankees organization - former USC pitchers Tyler Webb in Triple-A with Scranton/Wilkes-Barr and Taylor Widener in high-A with Tampa. Cooper, a 6-4, 215-pound right-hander, was a second-round pick. Any overage of 15 percent or more gets a 100-percent tax, plus the loss of first-round picks in the next two Drafts.

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But with 40 rounds to acquire players, good scouting and a bit of luck can unearth special talent from the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico or any other USA territory at any round of the draft. Cooper missed the 2015 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but in his three seasons at Texas, he compiled a 3.01 ERA and racked up 221 strikeouts in 212.1 innings of work.

Through nine starts, Schmidt looked like a top 10 pick.

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